The number of federal workers that will not be able to report for duty today amounts to almost 500,000. Unfortunately for them, some won’t be paid till a resolution to the current crisis is found.
As a Sunday Senate session brought no relief for Democrats and Republicans, with the key sticking point still being immigration, today marks the start of a very uncertain period for many workers.
Even though the essential services will be kept open, tourists sites, for example, are already affected.
In New York, visitors from all over the world stood before a closed Statue of Liberty for the first time in 5 years as many were saddened to see the journey of a lifetime end like this.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell tried to bring the two sides closer together, to no avail: “It would be my intention to proceed to legislation that would address DACA, border security and related issues.”
“It is also my intention take up legislation on increased defense spending, disaster relief and other important matters.”
President Trump continues to claim that his party is being held hostage by the Democrats and says the "nuclear option" of a simple majority vote in the Senate would be needed in the future to end the impasse. His planned trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, could be canceled.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders commented that: “We will not negotiate on the status of unlawful immigrants while Senator Schumer and the Democrats hold the government for millions of Americans and our troop's hostage.”
With elections looming in November for about one-third of all Senators, many are sticking to their guns and waiting for the other side to make a move.